The documentary is called “MITT” but from what I see in reviews, it should have been called “LOSER.” It is a movie of the Mitt Romney Presidential campaigns, and most viewers are claiming that the most apparent take away from the documentary is Mitt Romney’s lack of confidence. As Byron York summarize:
…for viewers who follow politics closely, especially for Republicans who desperately wanted to defeat Barack Obama, there is a revelation in “Mitt” that is not just unexpected but deeply disheartening. At a critical moment in the campaign — the two weeks in October encompassing the first and second general election debates — the Romney portrayed in “Mitt” struggled with a nagging pessimism and defeatism, unable to draw confidence even from a decisive initial debate victory over President Obama. Deep down inside, the Romney seen onscreen in “Mitt” seems almost resigned to losing to Obama in those crucial showdowns.
So what motivated him to run in the first place?
At Sodahead, someone posted commentary with an interesting quotation from the end of the documentary:
A new documentary about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. During one of the final scenes in the movie, a confession is admitted.
Given what has come before it in the film — Romney’s defeatism in the debates — the scene leaves the impression that perhaps in his heart of hearts Romney never really believed he could win. That also seems the message of one of the last scenes of “Mitt,” the day after the election, when Romney addressed staff at his Boston campaign headquarters. The old lack of confidence came out again as Romney suggested he never felt comfortable in the race. He passed on something someone at headquarters had told him: “In some ways, we kind of had to steal the Republican nomination. Our party is Southern, evangelical and populist. And you’re Northern, and you’re Mormon, and you’re rich. And these do not match well with our party.“
The perspective of the Sodahead post is that this means the nomination was stolen from Ron Paul. He documents this claim with a list of videos and other sources that go back through the primaries and argue for election fraud. You will have to decide for yourself if this is reasonable.
But I want to know why does someone so lacking in confidence run at all? I never believe Mitt Romney had any chance of defeating Obama. I thought it was delusional for him to think he could win. But, since he was running, I assumed he was delusional, and thus had the confidence to really try. But not according to this documentary.
I found this report interesting:
Romney doubted whether he was the strongest Republican to challenge Obama, he later said. If someone like Jeb Bush had run, he might not have.
Someone who think George W. Bush’s brother had a chance in 2012 does seem truly delusional. What on earth can he be thinking? And then:
Take some of these expressed doubts with a smidgen of skepticism. It’s been said before that in conversations with business partners or political advisers, Romney often expressed pessimism, or outlined what could go wrong. Add to that the natural self-doubt that affects practically all people at points in their lives. Most everything else about Romney’s background suggests that he is highly competitive and driven to succeed at whatever he tries.
For someone who is a successful career politician, that last sentence makes the most sense to me. So instead of asking why Romney was trying to win the Presidency from Obama, why don’t we ask ourselves if that was ever his primary purpose.
We know, for a fact, that Big Money Republicans hate and are working to defeat the Tea Party candidates. Despite the implosion of Obamacare, they still are angrier at Cruz than Obama. The Chamber of Commerce worked to defeat the tea party in Alabama. We can expect more fights in 2014.
So why not infer that winning the 2012 national election was never the primary goal? Romney would have loved to do it, but it wasn’t why he was running. He was running to win the Republican Primary and, thus, ensure there was no Tea Party candidate running against Obama.
He was just a spoiler.